Department Chair:
Arlene Forman

Administrative Assistant:
Polly Bratton

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8650
Fax: (440) 775-6355

Peters Hall 222
50 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Polina Dimova

Polina Dimova

Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian, 2014-16

Contact Information


Mudd 222
Personal Office Hours:
Thursday 3–4:30 p.m.
and by appointment

Polina Dimova

Polina Dimova

Polina Dimova

Educational Background

  • University of Sofia, Bulgaria, 1996-1998
  • Bachelor of Arts, Smith College, 2001
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley, 2010

Polina Dimova is a scholar of Russian literature, music, and visual art, and specializes in European Inter-Art Modernism. She has recently published articles on Russian Symbolism, Alexander Scriabin, Evgenii Zamiatin, Oscar Wilde, and Richard Strauss in the volumes Hearing Texts: The Auditory in Slavic Literatures, Ulbandus, 2015; Shapes of Apocalypse: Arts and Philosophy in Russian Thought, Academic Studies Press, 2013; and Performing Salome, Revealing Stories, Ashgate, 2013. Nearing completion, her book The Synaesthetic Metaphor studies how Modernist Inter-Art experiments stemmed from a fascination with synaesthesia, the figurative or neurological mixing of the senses, for instance, in the perception sound as color. Her second book project explores the literary appropriations of Scriabin’s music and ideas in twentieth-century Russian culture.


Dimova teaches all levels of Russian language, including seminars in Russian on Bulgakov’s Master and Margarita, Bely’s Petersburg, “Contemporary Russian Literature,” and “Russian Poetry and Music,” as well as a range of literature courses in translation: “Russian Fantasy and Science Fiction,” “Adultery and Art in the Russian Novel,” “Synaesthetic Utopias: Russian Modernism Across the Arts,” and the First-Year Seminar “Magic and Metamorphosis.” Dimova’s courses always engage students in creative, performing, research, and translation projects, which students have presented at her Modernist Salons or her 2015 Synaesthesia Symposium, organized in collaboration with Neuroscience, the Allen Memorial Art Museum, and the Oberlin Conservatory. Dimova originally joined Oberlin as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature in 2011. She comes from Varna, Bulgaria and is a violinist and a composer. For samples of her creative work and that of her students, visit and